Our friendly adoption staff will work with you to find the right dog, cat, or critter for your home. Get started by checking our online adoption listings (updated every 20 minutes) or stop by one of our three adoption centers in the Twin Cities metro area.
It's important you spend time getting to know prospective pets. If you have questions or wish to visit with an animal, just ask a staff member or volunteer for assistance. For safety reasons, we ask that anyone 17 years old or younger is accompanied by an adult when visiting with an animal.
If you wish to put an animal on hold or to adopt an animal from AHS, you must be present at an AHS adoption center. We will not put animals on an adoption hold via a phone or email request, and we do not accept deposits toward an animal's adoption fee. In addition, puppies and kittens under six months of age cannot be placed on adoption hold.
If you meet an animal you wish to adopt, we’ll sit down for an informal consultation to ensure that you and the pet you’ve selected are a good match. During this process we'll also review the animal’s medical and behavioral records, explain policies and services available to adopters, and help you choose the right pet supplies. Please plan to allow up to two hours to complete the adoption process. Adoptions can be processed up to 30 minutes before closing time. Read our adoption FAQs for more on what to expect.
AHS will continue to support you and your pet at home. Our website is full of information that can make your pet's transition from the shelter to your home as stress-free as possible — including details about AHS programs and services.
When you adopt an animal at AHS, you'll receive a medical history report listing vaccinations, medications, and procedures your new pet received during its stay in our shelters. Read more about what kind of medical support AHS can provide after adoption.